Hiring a Personal Trainer to reach goals

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    Oct 16, 2012 1:06 AM GMT
    Just looking for some feedback from those of you who have hired personal trainers to help you reach your fitness goals.
    Did having a personal trainer make the difference in terms of seeing results?
    For example, if you wanted to get six pack abs, does having a trainer make it more likely you will reach that goal? I am fortunate because I don't need motivation to workout, I'm very consistent, but I feel like I am stuck at 80pct of where I want to be. Willl a trainer help me conquer that last 20pct?
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    Oct 16, 2012 5:17 AM GMT
    I think that the right trainer will help you get that last 20% of your goals.

    For someone like you that works out on your own, has motivation and consistency, it is important to find a trainer that works with more advanced clients. I'd say that 80% of trainers that you see in your gym are likely very good at "just getting people moving" and into the rhythm of working out. You see them all the time, working the same routines with their clients not even having them break a sweat. If you get one of these trainers, you will be very disappointed and you will be wasting your money.

    If you are experienced at strength training and need someone to push you past where you've been able to take yourself, you will need to really search for the right match. Make a list of what you want to learn and accomplish and interview trainers to see if they're the right fit. You may go through a few before you find the right one, but they can really help you meet your goals.
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    Oct 16, 2012 5:18 AM GMT
    A professionally licenced trainer would be able to help and guide you to reach your goals, but i'm sure you could pretty much do that on your own.
    I pretty much read everything i could find to work on mine, the rest is motivation and dedication.
    If you feel you need the extra push, go for it. Make sure your trainer is licenced, and has good credentials, and, check him out physically. If he looks like he knows what he's talking about, hire him.
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    Oct 16, 2012 6:15 AM GMT
    Unequivocally, yes. My goal when I hired my trainer was to put on size and gain weight, something that I had struggled with on my own. I've now been training with him for 9 months and have gained almost 30 pounds and am training more intelligently than ever. I am thrilled with the results, love the hard work and would do it again in a heartbeat.
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    Oct 16, 2012 6:24 AM GMT
    You're more likely to see your abs working with a dietitian than you are with a personal trainer. I say that being both professions (well dietitian in less than a year)
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    Oct 16, 2012 9:17 AM GMT
    bluey2223 saidYou're more likely to see your abs working with a dietitian than you are with a personal trainer. I say that being both professions (well dietitian in less than a year)


    This!

    Having abs is all about having a low body fat percentage, so it requires fine tuning into your diet. I am a dietitian and I have seen personal trainers give diets to clients, often non-evidence based advice (legally they are not allowed to, but many do).

    I would just pay the money to see a dietitian one time to fine tune your diet and give you options. It would be investment worth to make and could potentially help to fast track your results.

    Happy to help if you have any diet questions. But yes a PT will help fine tune your regime, so do invest in a good one icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 16, 2012 9:39 AM GMT
    It was the best decision I have ever made regarding my health and fitness.
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    Oct 16, 2012 10:02 AM GMT
    The best way to get a good personal trainer s to watch the trainers at your gym and see if their clients actually do get any better over time. I've had 4 trainers. Two were crap (but nice people) one was good and one was very good.